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Cuomo Administration’s Apology on Nursing Home Data Handling Falls Flat for State Democratic Leaders

During a conference with New York Democratic leaders, Melissa DeRosa, secretary to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, apologized for withholding the state’s nursing home COVID-19 death toll, stating the team worried the actual numbers would put the state at risk for federal prosecution. DeRosa attributed the team’s resistance to releasing the numbers to Donald Trump’s continuous attack of Democratic governors and their response to the pandemic. 

Right around the time Donald Trump was tweeting at Democratic governors, shaming them for their pandemic response—specifically their handling of their state’s nursing homes—he directed the Department of Justice (DOJ) to initiate an investigation into New York’s nursing home policies. DeRosa shared during the press conference that a looming investigation caused the Cuomo administration to “freeze up,” as they didn’t know if the death toll data would be used against them. 

Instead of making amends with grieving families who lost loved ones in New York’s nursing homes, DeRosa simply tried to make amends with Democratic politicians that were affected by the administration’s choices. 

Recent Findings Highlight a 50% Error in Original Nursing Home Death Toll Reporting 

A recent report released by New York’s state Attorney General Letitia James estimated the death toll of nursing home residents to be higher than what was originally reported by 50%, totaling 12,743 as of January 19. This significant error in the death toll count and the resulting controversy sparked the infamous news conference in which Cuomo disregarded the matter as trivial, leaving many state leaders to question the authenticity of DeRosa’s apology. 

In fact, many of New York’s Democratic leaders have been reluctant to accept the administration’s public apology, stating it simply does not go far enough. Several leaders expressed their deep frustration of feeling as though they had to defend the administration for political purposes despite their suspicious behavior. During a pandemic, wherein public health officials should be trustworthy, the Cuomo administration’s shortcomings in nursing home reporting fall hard on New York residents—many of whom lost elderly loved ones. 

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